Nice Weather for Ducks

On a day when the rest of the U.K seemed to be sweltering in record-breaking temperatures, the Jurassic Coast was bombarded by thunderstorms, with lightning strikes all along the coast, and torrential rain coming across in waves. I decided to abandon outdoor plans and investigate a new kid on the block, Duck’s Farm Shop in…

Life Beyond Fish & Chips

Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love fish and chips, but that is partly the problem. There’s only so many times in one summer you can indulge without either your conscience or your waistline starting to nag. Luckily here in Lyme Regis we are spoilt for choice when it comes to other options….

Hawkchurch Resort & Spa

With views to die for, fine dining, al fresco pizza oven, a fully equipped gym and a spa to seriously indulge your mind and body, it is a wonder that so few locals seem to realise that the new Hawkchurch Resort & Spa is open to members of the public as well as residents. Reopened…

The Watch House

You may have to run the gauntlet of David Tennant hunters, but I have another top lunch spot for you. I may be preaching to the converted here as it’s not exactly a hidden secret, but it was new to me – recently we went for a lovely lunch at The Watch House, in West…

The Cathedral of the Vale

If you have ever tried to drive along the A35 in mid-summer, you will be well aware that West Dorset is a major holiday destination. In 2014, there were over 3.4m visitor trips to West Dorset, with an estimated 14.7 million visitor nights, with visitors listing the scenery, pretty villages and walking as the main…

Rousdon Village Bakery

Due to a boring list of Lyme Regis / Musbury based errands this morning, we broke the habit of a lifetime and did something we very rarely do – went out for breakfast. Handily close to Lyme Regis, just a couple of miles along the Sidmouth Road, is one of the best breakfasts you can…

Seaton Jurassic

I have always felt a bit sorry for Seaton. Sandwiched between quirky, trendy Lyme and the bigger, more sedate Sidmouth, Seaton has always felt (to me at least) like the poor relation. However, not any more. There seems to be a new optimism about the place, with the Artisan Market, several new cafes and shops,…

A Free Feast

Foraging has become very trendy recently, sort of swept along with the artisan food/provenance craze, but at its most basic,  anyone who has ever picked a blackberry can claim to be a forager. Personally I am a bit sceptical of some of the foraging courses on offer – hundreds of pounds for a few hedgerow…

Furzeleigh Down Dairy

I hope she won’t mind me saying, but at Valerie Voysey’s age, most women with a lifetime of farming and raising a family would be looking forward to putting their feet up and having someone bring them a nice cup of tea every now and again. Instead, Val has started a tea shop! Furzeleigh Down…

Every Little Helps

I started this blog to celebrate the local, small, independent businesses and enterprises in the area, championing the underdog, and I’m just about to write a whole post endorsing the biggest retail giant in the country. Why? Well, before you denounce me as a total hypocrite, I also aim to find ways families can explore…